Because the debt crisis isn't nearly tense enough, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz reportedly said Wednesday that House Republicans seek to impose a “dictatorship” through their actions in debt-ceiling negotiations. The Florida Congresswoman also alleged GOP rhetoric could “spark panic and chaos,” which, according to Wasserman Schultz, would be “potentially devastating” to the economy.
“Aren’t we at the point where the closer we get to chaos, the more concern that there should be about coming to the table and compromising with Democrats?” Wasserman Schultz asked. “This is not leadership. This is almost like dictatorship. I know they want to force the outcome that … their extremists would like to impose. But they are getting ready to spark panic and chaos, and they seem to be OK with that. And it’s just really disappointing, and potentially devastating.”
The inspiration for Wasserman Schultz's rant reportedly came from a movie clip shown to the House Republican Conference by Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy. The clip, from the Ben Affleck movie “The Town,” was allegedly intended to send the message to Republicans that “we’re all in this together.” But to Democrats like Charles Schumer and Wasserman Schultz, however, the movie is code-speak for an all out revolt:
The DNC chair said: “They start the day with trying to incite their caucus with, essentially, violent movie clips – pushing their people to inflict pain and hurt people.”
The movie is about a bank robbery, so is Wasserman Schultz insinuating the GOP comprises thieves intending to loot, maim and kill to get their way?
Schumer apparently thinks so. Watch as he describes the movie scene unfold where masked robbers literally "bludgeon" a man. Perhaps Schumer suggests the GOP would do the same:
But Boehner's press secretary Michael Steel thinks Democrats latching on to the movie clip are wasting precious time on nonsense, stating “Given how serious the situation is – and the situation is serious – why is she spending time complaining about Kevin McCarthy’s taste in movies?”
Wasserman Schultz didn't relent, however, saying that the two parties needed to "come to the table" and hammer out the compromisethe "American people want." Wasserman Schultz continued:
“It’s just shockingly irresponsible that the closer we get to the breaking point here, the more irresponsible – and the closer they are to pushing us to chaos, as if that is the desired outcome.”
Wasserman Schultz concluded: “We’ve been sitting at the compromise table for a long time. We’re just waiting for that cold chair to be warmed up by the Republican leadership. They still have time to do the right thing and be responsible. They just seem to be moving further and further away from it.”